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    Visiting Professor, 2012 - 2013
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James McInerney's BSc and PhD were awarded by University College Galway, where he studied from 1987 until 1994. Subsequently he worked as a post-doc at the National Diagnostics Centre in Galway and in the Department of Zoology at The Natural History Museum, London. In 1999 he set up the bioinformatics research group at NUI Maynooth and became the director of the Genetics and Bioinformatics degree course.

In 2002, at MEEGID VI at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, Prof. McInerney was presented with a medal for his research and a year later he was recognized by NUI Maynooth for his research achievements when he was awarded the NUI Maynooth Young Investigator Award. In 2009, he was an invited guest-editor, along with Prof James Lake and Prof. Mark Ragan of a special issue of Proceedings of the Royal Society of London (Biology Series), which is the world’s oldest continuously-published journal. In 2011, he gave the “Ernst Mayr” Keynote lecture at the Mechanisms of Protein Evolution meeting in Denver Colorado.

He was one of the founding directors of the Irish Centre for High End Computing. He is currently working as a Senior Lecturer and is an Associate Editor of Molecular Biology and Evolution and he is a regular commentator on scientific matters on TV, Radio and in the print media.

Work in the lab is focussed on gene and genome evolution, with the emphasis at the moment on horizontal gene transfer in prokaryotes and mobile genetic elements and gene family evolution in vertebrates. Prof. McInerney has supervised 20 PhD students, been awarded Marie Curie fellowships, been funded to the tune of more than €3.5 million in direct research funding and been involved in more than €39 million in programme grants. In addition, he has published in Science, PNAS, Current Biology, TREE, Trends in Genetics, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London and so on. In total he has published more than 75 articles and been an invited speaker at more than 60 conferences.

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Parallel processing, genetics, molecular evolution, prokaryotic genomics, phylogeny reconstruction, metagenomics

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  • National University of Ireland, Galway
    Microbiology, 1987 - 1994
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